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Armstrong: Celtic victory is no sure thing in Imps return

By Staff Reporter

Stuart Armstrong insists Celtic can't take victory for granted against a "good" Lincoln Red Imps side in next week's Champions League qualifier at Parkhead.

European football was stunned by the Hoops' 1-0 defeat to the part-timers from Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium on Tuesday night, heaping embarrassment on Brendan Rodgers in his first game as Celtic boss.

If, as expected, the Scottish champions turn it around on Wednesday night, they will play either FC Astana of Kazakhstan or Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania in the third qualifying round, with that tie goalless from the first leg.

However, midfielder Armstrong refused to look any further forward than the return game against Lincoln, saying: "We'll focus on each game as it comes and we've got a good friendly (today against Wolfsburg) and an important game on Wednesday."

Asked if it was difficult to ensure there would not be a sense of just having to turn up against Lincoln to go through, the 24-year-old said: "Well, definitely not, as we've seen. We can't just turn up and expect to win. We will have to fight for it and they will be fighting for it too. They were a good side, they played some nice stuff. There is always that pressure to win at Celtic."

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